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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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85
very good

2,390 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,390
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 139
Gots: 428 | FT: 1
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A witbier bursting with good karma. Made with dried organic orange slices, fresh-cut lemongrass and a bit of coriander, this Belgian-style white beer is a great thirst quencher.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: jgasparine on 10-17-2009)
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Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a fizzy white head fed by a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom.

Aroma is spicy with corainder and definitely has some orange peel in it. There is light lemony aroma as well as the underlying Belgian sweetness.

The taste is sweeter than the aroma and the fruity esters, bananas especially, come out a little more than in the aroma. The lemongrass is still prominent and the finish is spicy with coriander and white pepper.

The mouthfeel is effervescent with lots of carbonation and on the lighter side in terms of body.

A very good wit and very drinkable.

Photo of booga73
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale straw color withh some sediment when you get closer to the bottom of the bottle. Nice head taht retains very well for all 750 mls and classic bubbling.

Citric, fruity, and earthy tahnks to the lemongrass. I was surprised that I could actually smell the lemongrass. Pretty cool!

Sweet yeasty fruit mixed with oranges and very soft sweet lemon flavors make this palate quite refreshing and flavorful. The mouthfeel is full of carbonation and a little chalky and dry. This only makes you want to drink more.

Photo of TX-Badger
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An offering from Dogfish Head Brewery, a 750mL bottle poured into a pint/nonic glass.

A - this beer has a very cloudy but bright yellow appearance, with a good amount of off-white head at the top.

S - citrus and lemongrass come through very distinctly.

T - on the palate I mainly get citrus (orange and lemon), a hint of hops, and on the finish there is a ginger like taste left.

M - medium-bodied, a little chewy, almost perfect amount of carbonation.

O - a must try if you like limited release/limited availability beer. This beer is light enough in ABV that it is a very good drinking beer at the end of long hot day. Very refreshing.

Photo of gfg0020
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. Poured a pale and cloudy straw yellowish color. It almost had the color of a pineapple juice or other tropical type drink. It started with a bright white frothy head filling about one inch of the glass. The head faded a bit but left some good lacing as it did.

The aroma shows off a strong lemony citrus flavor. The coriander and lemon grass both come through in the citrus flavors. Wheat and a bit of bready yeast round out the flavors in the nose. Very nice and refreshing aroma to it.

The taste not surprisingly is very citrus forward. Lemon and coriander both are present. Like the nose the wheat and yeast come through as well. Citrus is definitely the featured flavor.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is high. Drinkability is good, especially on this hot day. Very light and refreshing with some great citrus flavors. Very enjoyable beer overall.

Photo of WoostaBia
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of bbeane
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Friend picked a 25oz bottle up for me at the Rehobeth brew pub...

A- Poured into my DFH snifter... beer is a cloudy golden straw color with light white head that disappears somewhat quickly and leaves some spotted lacing

S- Honestly, smells like a typical wheat beer would... sweet banana-ish aroma with citrusy backbone. Good, but typical imo

T- Again, it's a great beer of it's style, but a bit of a letdown knowing the unique track record of the brewery. Starts sweet with citrus and corriander and finishes smooth and refreshing

M- Light bodied with light carbonation

D- Perfect beer for the summer, light with great flavor, easy to drink. Very well brewed witbier, though I love DFH for their unique concoctunes... which this isn't. Good none the less

CHEERS!!

Photo of blaje
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gift from a friend. Thanks Nic!
Pours pale golden even straw coloured. Hazy with some big floaters... Nice classic witbier look. Thin white head disapearing too quickly. Carbonnation seems low.
N: Very very nice! Coriander dominates strongly, wet grass, faint lemon. Something sweet in the scent that I have trouble sorting out, peach?
M: Carbonation is surprisingly high. Fizzy on tongue. Bitterness is very low, almost absent or counter balance with the malt. Light bodied.
T: Matches the nose. Strong coriander taste upfront. spices as in a classic witbier. Lemon notes and wheat.

Overall: A good brew from DFH, but a little bit highly priced (10$/750ml). Highly drinkable. Perfect for summer days.

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: The nose has moderate aromas of lemongrass and coriander in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the lemongrass flavors are a bit stronger. Flavors of oranges are also present in the initial taste while coriander is noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and thirst quenching.

Photo of fmccormi
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 750ml pry-off bottle to an Ommegang Witte tumbler, bottling date of November 2010 (I believe) printed on the neck of the bottle (201011C).

Appearance (4.5): Thick, cushiony white head that fades from two big fingers to a thin film on top over the course of a few minutes, with just a bit of foamy lacing on the sides. The body is relatively clear, and a bright light, yellow-gold. Very pretty, not as hazy as I’d expect for a wit, though the second pour after disturbing the sediments adds quite a bit of chalky haze.

Smell (4.0): Lemon, coriander, some sweetness, a mild yeasty note that’s just very subtly spicy, which fits for the wit. The nose is light, but what’s there is very nice. Second pour (with disturbed sediments) brings more coriander, but still not a ton.

Taste (4.0): The coriander in this beer steps up more in the taste, but it’s not overpowering in any sense. It retains the lemony, slightly sweet character that’s in the nose, and the yeast note stays in the background just like in the scent. Second pour yields more coriander and yeast in the flavor of it, and a little chalkiness. Still, well-balanced.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Very nice and light, refreshing. Wet feeling (I know—surprise, surprise) and light, fine carbonation over the tongue with a mildly dry finish—very nice.

Overall (4.0): It’s light, bright, and maybe could be more vibrant but it’s refreshing, really. To be fair, this bottle has sat probably too long for the optimal flavor point, or whatever you want to call it, but it’s still quite tasty. It’s also downright quenching. This is a beer that I want to drink multiple glasses of, and feel like I could easily do so. Will definitely get this again!

Photo of ppoitras
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head fades pretty quick with audible bubble bursts, with lasting lacing. Aroma is lemongrass and earthy hops.

Taste begins moderately sweet coupled with lemongrass again, moderately tart in the middle, and closes with light earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Very refreshing and thirst-quenching brew.

Photo of ChrisPratz
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Excellent golden orange/yellow with the typical cloudiness that goes with a witbier. Less then 1 finger head dissipates quickly, very minimal lacing thereafter.

S: I'm picking up all corriander and orange here. Lemongrass comes thru later on as the beer warms.

T: Interesting mix here. Corriander right up front, leads to the mild orange and hints of the lemongrass. I'm a big fan of Starbucks Iced Green Tea and they compliment theirs with Lemongrass so it seems to stand out on my palette. Not much sweetness here, and all the flavoring seems to lead to a wall of dry alcohol flavoring. Ends on a sour note that isn't unenjoyable.

M: Average carbonation here, mouthful seems to put the corriander on the back burner for a good second or two and lets the citrus and some sweetness come in. Wheat flavors are also more prominent here.

O: I enjoyed this. I'm a big fan of witbier and this doesn't disappoint. If your used to the more mainstream witbier, this is a nice change of pace for a spring or summer night on the deck with friends.

Photo of meinzig
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled In: 2011 1C

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a nice 2 fingers worth of head that leaves good lacing

S: Spicy with a nice citrus smell, some yeast in the back

T: Big lemony taste comes out first, followed by spices and yeast. Overall, it's kind of muted compared to the smell. Definitely gets better as it warms

M: Light bodied with fairly high, prickly carbonation

D: Extremely easy to drink given the light body and 5% abv. It might get boring after a couple bottles though

Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with bright lemon yellow hues when held to a light source and a frothy two finger head that slowly settles into a lasting cap. Rings and chunks of soapy lacing coat the glass.

Sweet, slightly earthy and herbal aroma with lots of citrus peel, zesty spice and bread/yeast notes. Grassy with hints of pepper, clove and coriander as well as some orange peel and lemon juice.

Medium bodied and a bit fuller than expected with some tight carbonation and prominent spice character up front that lingers throughout into a sweet yet dry finish. There's a blast of zesty spice up front with lots of pepper, clove and coriander which is countered mid-palate by yeast/bread flavor as well as some sweet citrus rind and grassy/herbal notes. Lot of lemon juice which gives off subtle acidity and sweet orange peel balancing things out nicely. The lemongrass is prominent with a nice earthy and sweet character that makes this beer extremely refreshing and easy to drink. I had no problem drinking down the whole 750 pretty quickly.

Overall, I was really impressed with this offering from DFH. Lately a lot of their experimental beers have been interesting but just extreme for the sake of being so. Interesting experiments but not terribly enjoyable. One and done kind of beers. This beer, on the other hand, was complex and flavorful and I will definitely be buying it again, especially with summer coming around.

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a huge 4-finger dense white head- recedes slowly, getting rather fluffy, but only retains for about half the brew. Lacing is moderate.

The nose hits ya with an intense blast of spice- mostly coriander and nutmeg with more grassy and herbal tones from the hops and other added spices. It's all nicely balanced by some citrus tones that have a sweet, candied creaminess to em, kind of like those gummy orange/lemon slices. There's a touch of wheat malt too- faint, as if it could be anything else.

The palate is light-med bodied with a frothy carbonation and a continuation of the intense spice vibe- a lean lemony malt with more coriander, clove, sage and a touch of apple. Hops are rather minimal and floral in character, while the spice takes a turn towards white pepper on the long finish, lingering with some lemon zest and more grassy flavors.

I didn't notice the alcohol level on this one until after I poured and tasted the brew, and damn does this have some wonderful complexity for such a low ABV. It's spice dominant for sure but the underlying grassy and herbal tones as well as the lovely citrus notes make for a great take on a Wit, which is fast becoming one of my favorite styles.

Photo of koopa
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley NY.

Appearance: Pours a dull semi-pale wheat with a 1 finger white crown of fine bubbles that display good retention and moderate lace.

Smell: Nice amounts of lemongrass, some coriander, and a bit of orange peel.

Taste: Same as nose

Mouthfeel: Light body that is fairly spritzy but a bit uninspired.

Drinkability: Quite sessionable with light flavors and a 5% abv

Not bad but I'd rather have a six pack of Hoegaarden for the money...

Photo of jampics2
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. I think this was $7.99 from the Mustard Seed Market in Solon. This is the beer I chose to kick-off my annual holiday beer tasting and it was a great choice. The lemongrass sets this apart, giving it distinct and full flavor while remaining light and drinkable. I enjoyed pouring and sampling this from my Cantillon globe.

The beer looks great in the glass. It's not completely cloudy but hazy - more of a chilly haze than cloudy bomb. The beer is gold with some straw yellow highlights. There's ample noticeable carbonation, with a steady string of bubbles rising to replenish a white cap. The head could be more fluffy in the beginning of the sampling, but holds on and has decent lace.

The smell is like a mix of traditional Belgian Wit elements and some zing from the lemongrass. I get notes of coriander and orange atop a bed of pale sweet malt and a bead of wheat. There's a floral and expressive nature to the smell, cut only ever so often with some spice. It's nicely expressive and there are intricate layers underneath the barrage of lemongrass. The smell is the best part of this beer.

The taste is also very rewarding. It's tangy and dry, with just a hint of sweetness from the malt base. The star of the show is the lemon and orange notes that make me imagine biting into a piece of citrus fruit. There's also some presence from the yeast strain, adding flavors such as coriander, white pepper and grains of paradise before drying out.

The body is light to medium with a very nice sparkling carbonation present. The dry finish has no notes of alcohol and this beer is very drinkable and enjoyable. A success from Dogfish Head.

Photo of julian
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden strawy yellow in color, partly opaque but mostly due to the yeast floating around. Decent 1.5 finger frothy white head. Little to no lacing. Yeast drops out eventually and settles at the bottom.

S: Typical belgian yeast, clove, coriander, grass, straw, vaguely tart, some mild hint of lemon, perhaps orange zest. (I didn't read the ingredients off the bottle, until after I just wrote all that)

T: The taste pretty much follows the nose. Citrus, lemon, grassy, herbal spices, belgian yeast. If I had to ding this on anything it would be a slight "soapy" aftertaste.

M: medium carbonation, zesty, refreshing.

D: Yes, this would make an excellent summer Wit. Great taste and easy drinking.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.07/5  rDev +8%

Pours a hazy yellow with very little head. The smell is full of great earthy tones from the herbs, specifically the coriander as well as a bread scent coming through. The taste was very nice with a lot of layers of flavor coming first from the hops and then the spice, with a toasted finish made for a highly refreshing beer.

Photo of seedyone
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

06/10/12 From the bottle. The coriander is way up front but politely subsides to allow the orange to edge on through. Very refreshing. Again, the word polite comes to mind and in the world of rude-boy, hopped up IPAs it's a much appreciated change of pace.

Namaste...Namaste to thee.

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw some positive reviews for this, so I decided to pick one up to try.

Into a 20 oz. tapered glass it pours a hazy orange gold, very murky with sediment, but some light still gets through. Very frothy foam, lots of drippy lacing with strong head retention. The sediment reminds me of plankton in the ocean. Pouring in the last of the yeast, there's a stubborn patch caked on the bottom.

Fresh citrus and coriander, somewhat soapy herbals and sweet lemongrass. Sweet sliced oranges. Very pleasant and somewhat amped up for a traditional Wit.

Lightly bitter, finishing dry, with a smooth wheat body. Citrus and coriander flavors are dominant but not overbearing. It feels a little astringent, but overall it's not a distraction. Fairly easy to drink, probably better suited for warmer months, but enjoyable nonetheless. Will try again if another batch is released.

Photo of Casey10
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice hazy yellow color nice head and has a really nice taste. Its tough to say I might trade this for a regular like my local favorite like Allagash but this one gives it a nice run for it's money.

Smell is definate lemon grass can't pick up much orange though.

T - Banana like taste creamy.

M - nice feel again cream like.

D - Really nice great for the style. I would say a great representation of the sytle.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 12/21/10

Bottled in 2010 2A

The color is a slightly watered-down pineapple juice with a touch of haziness. One & a half finger head collapsed fairly quickly. Thin, ok retention; not much lace save a few sporadic splotches. The second pour has more, drippy lace.

The aroma is very clean & it smells quite nice. Near-tangy citrus a la orange & lemon zest. Modestly spicy with nips of the coriander. Undertones of grassiness & wheat grain. The lemon aspect is such that it smells like lemon bars. Everything is perfectly placed. I like it a lot.

To taste, Namaste doesn't have the same air of excellence in integration offered by the nose. Coriander leads off, accented by hints of orange peel that hang on for the finish. There isn't quite as much lemon flavor as I was expecting; not a bad thing. Wheat is compounded on the latter half.

Reasonably light bodied (maybe even leaning marginally toward medium). Carbonation is of the prickly enough order; it suits the flavors. It's crisp for most of each sip, though the finish dries out a lot; so much that faux-grittiness lingering & something of a coating feel.

Namaste forges few gripes in my mind. Well-crafted through & through. Plus, at 5% abv it's a easy sipper for sure. Fully enjoyable even in this Ohio winter.

Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,390 ratings.